Friday, January 21, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
By Kim Stagliano
Many of us have spent the last few days fielding phone calls and emails from reporters around the country. Here are three articles on the newest chapter in the Tale of Dr. Andrew Wakefield expressing support for him. Click the links to read the full articles and comment where you are able to. Thanks. KIM
AOL News, Dana Kennedy
">>>Despite a new report that a 1998 study linking childhood vaccines to autism was based on "bogus data," many autism activists are standing by their man -- the disgraced doctor who led the research.
But autism activists, including actress Jenny McCarthy's Generation Rescue, the National Autism Association and well-known autism crusader Kim Stagliano, believe Wakefield's original findings were distorted. They claim that he never said vaccines definitely caused autism but merely suggested the possibility of a link merited further examination.
The activists told AOL News that Wakefield has been crucified by the pharmaceutical industry, which makes millions off vaccines and doesn't want them scrutinized.
"No one's saying don't vaccinate your children," Rita Shreffler, executive director of the National Autism Association, told AOL News today..."
NY Daily News, Rosemary Black
"The barrage against Dr. Wakefield is an unvarnished attempt to convince the American public that there is an ‘anti-vaccine' movement, while ignoring that American children are chronically sicker than ever and autism now hobbles at least 1% of American children," said Stagliano, who is the author of the book, "All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa."
She added that parents have the right to demand vaccine safety and "honest science, without those who have a financial interest controlling the conversation."
The actress Jenny McCarthy, whose son has autism, hadn't issued comment on the BMJ article, according to CNN. However, McCarthy, who founded Generation Rescue, a group that backs the idea of a link between vaccines and autism, had supported Wakefield in the past.
"...So has all of the fear been for naught, does this mean there's no evidence of a link between the two, and we can all go out and vaccinate our children without a question in our mind that there could be a negative consequence?
Some, like Jennifer LaRue Huget for The Washington Post, say yes:
"Okay, can we just be done with this autism/MMR link once and for all?" Huget writes. "It's been such a huge distraction, likely diverting energy and funds from the research that could detect autism's true causes, and has led to many kids' needlessly coming down with a disease that should be entirely preventable. Let's put this behind us and move on."
Not quite, say others. Wakefield himself vehemently denies the new report and says it's motivated by the pharmaceutical industry, who's trying to take him down.
Kim Stagliano, mother of three daughters with autism and author of the book All I Can Handle; I'm No Mother Teresa, agrees. She says the timing is suspect and points to links in the pharmaceutical industry as well. She said the Wakefield case closed last spring, but now Dr. Paul Offit, co-inventor of the Merck RotaTeq vaccine, has a new book out called Deadly Choices: How the Anti-vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.
"If RotaTeq sounds familiar to parents, that is because Dr. Julie Gerberding, former head of the CDC in Atlanta, placed it on the pediatric vaccine schedule during her tenure," Stagliano said. "Your baby now receives three doses of this oral vaccine. Dr. Gerberding is now the current President of the Merck Vaccine Division, which manufactures RotaTeq."
She said this report does nothing to sway her opinion that vaccines can injure children.
"Vaccine injury is real. Just as childhood diseases are real. The barrage against Dr. Wakefield is an unvarnished attempt to convince the American public that there is an 'anti-vaccine' movement, while ignoring that American children are chronically sicker than ever and autism now hobbles at least 1% of American children. Parents have every right to demand vaccine safety and honest science -- without those who have a financial interest controlling the conversation."...
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her book from Skyhorse Publishing, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa; A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism is available now. Visit her website at Kim Stagliano.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
By now you've heard the news, "autism MMR study fraudulent!" I won't get to into it here, but I can tell you what I'm sharing with the media.
The timing of the BMJ report is suspect - the Wakefield GMC case closed last Spring. However, Dr. Paul Offit, co-inventor of the Merck RotaTeq vaccine, has a new book out called "Deadly Choices: How the Anti-vaccine movement Threatens Us all." If RotaTeq sounds familiar to parents, that is because Dr. Julie Gerberding former head of the CDC in Atlanta placed it on the pediatric vaccine schedule during her tenure. Your baby now receives three doses of this oral vaccine. Dr. Gerberding is now the current President of the Merck Vaccine Division, which manufactures RotaTeq.
In December, right before Christmas I might add, the US Vaccine court released the news that a family whom I happen to know won in vaccine court. Young Elias Tembenis died as a result of the epilepsy caused by this routine childhood vaccination - in his case the DTaP – (please see this report and link to the US Vaccine court document HERE. His parents did not receive any phone calls from the media.
Vaccine injury is real. Just as childhood diseases are real. The barrage against Dr. Wakefield is an unvarnished attempt to convince the American public that there is an "anti-vaccine" movement, while ignoring that American children are chronically sicker than ever and autism now hobbles at least 1% of American children. Parents have every right to demand vaccine safety and honest science - without those who have a financial interest controlling the conversation. The push to convince parents that vaccines are always safe has become a juggernaut - that alone should raise questions, especially as we see daily examples of how the pharmaceutical industry has compromised product safety for profit.
Monday, January 03, 2011
The Karate master is from Rome. The studio is next to a bakery and an Italian Deli and in the same plaza as Porricelli's and Starbucks. Can you say perfection? I feel as though I might have lost some of my wonderness while gaining a few lbs over the holiday. There was much taste testing of sweets and goodies and damn that BBQ from Wilson's BBQ in Fairfield. Good God who knew smoked food could be so good? I miss the personal training classes at Pilot House - a fabulous autism community resource in Fairfield.
The kickboxing will be a great way to spend an hour each weekday. It's kicking. And boxing! Or so I'm told. Wish me luck. I need to fit back into that invisible plane soon.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Mia was not meant to have autism. She was not born with autism. We vaccinated her into autism. Period. And I will fight for vaccine SAFETY until I die. Demanding safety is NOT anti-vaccine. FYI. Read my book to find out more. http://www.kimstagliano.com/. I explain how Dr. Offit (who has new book out by the title in my headline) holds the vaccine patent for a Merck vaccine - RotaTeq, that is now on the pediatric vax schedule. He makes money every time a child gets his shot. Have you ever heard of RotaVirus? Does it strike fear into your heart? I doubt it, since you probably live in the first world and have clean water and anti-biotics and medical care and Pedialyte.
The 11:11 Angels will Help
Happy New Year, friends! It's 1/1/11 - eleven is the Angel's Number. It's all very new agey, Indigo Child-ey (I have two Indigos and a Crystal by the way) but darn if it doesn't ring true.
11:11 on the clock means an angel is watching over you. I used to see 11:11 all the time as a kid. It disappeared when we lived in Ohio and I forgot about it. That's when the Handle part of my book title started to become unhandleable (I think I made that word up.)
A good friend, our Chiropractor, had a cancer scare - and emergency surgery. We were heartbroken to think he might have a very serious illness. He had taken such good care of Mia, he was more than a doctor to us, he and his family were dear to us. I was driving on Hines Hill Road, next to the old "Bad Boy School" which has since closed when I saw 11:11am for the first time in years. And instantly, a voice said to me, "He's OK. Trust us. He's OK." Later that day, I got the call his tumor was benign, removed and he was indeed, OK.
Cherish your 11:11 moments. Keep your eyes out for your angels. Remember how mine got me safely out of the house when the robbers broke in last Spring? That was a real voice that spoke to me. They exist for all of us, makes no matter religion. In fact, I'd dare say religion holds them back, boxes them in. Just let yourself welcome them. They are the energy of love and protection for all.
Happy New Year.